(Des Moines) Defending state runner-up Harlan won a close one over 10th ranked North Scott to move into the Class 4A semi-finals.The Cyclones had to erase a seven point halftime deficit to keep their season alive.
Sophomore Jordyn Moser was the hero for Harlan last night in the Cyclones 1st round state tournament win. With the game tied at 50 in the closing seconds, Moser stepped up and drained a perimeter shot to give Harlan a 52-50 lead. North Scott called a timeout with .6 seconds left but their inbounds pass was knocked away before they could attempt a desperation heave and #1 ranked Harlan survived the scare.
Jess Schaben came through with a big night for the Cyclones posting 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Moser and Taylor Wagner each scored 13 points in the win. Harlan led by one after the first quarter but they were outscored by eight points in the 2nd quarter to trail 30-23 at halftime. The Cyclones overcame that deficit in the third quarter and held a one point lead heading into the fourth. Harlan never trailed in the final quarter, but did allow North Scott to tie it at 50 with 1:34 to play. North Scott had a chance to take the lead in the final minute but was called for an offensive foul setting up Moser’s game winning shot.
Harlan was able to make up for one of their lowest scoring first halves of their season by hitting 5-7 from three point range in the 2nd half and shooting 50% from the floor after the break.
They'll play at 6:45 on Thursday in the semi-finals. Harlan will take on 6th ranked Carlisle. Carlisle, coach by former Red Oak boys coach Bryan White, upended #4 Dallas Center-Grimes 53-48 in the quarterfinals.
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